Bloating Remedies & Digestion
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Most of us have heard the saying "You are what you eat!" However this is only partially true. We can eat the healthiest diet in the world, but if our body is not able to digest and absorb the nutrients from food, we won't get all the goodness out of it. Also many people eat healthily, but may still have digestive problems.
Food has a long journey before we can reap its nutritional benefits and the digestive system actually starts with the brain. The anticipation of food actually gets the gastric juices flowing in preparation for digestion - think about how your mouth waters at the thought of tasty food, saliva contains enzymes that start to break down carbohydrates before it reaches the stomach. From the brain, the digestive system continues with the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines and bowels. It involves help from the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and many enzymes (proteins that facilitate the chemical reactions that are part of digestion) that help break down the food so that we can effectively absorb the nutrients.
There are many symptoms and disorders that can arise out of sub-optimal digestive function including food sensitivities, migraines, constipation and diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating and flatulence, overgrowth of unhealthy gut bacteria and yeasts such as candida albicans, heartburn, reflux and even skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis to name a few. Also around 70-80% of our immune system is believed to be in our gut, so if our gut is not functioning optimally, it could have an impact on our overall health and ability to fight infections and viruses. Seratonin, the feelgood hormone is also mainly produced in the stomach, so if your digestive system isn't happy, the chances are you won't be either.
Fortunately, there are many steps that can be taken to bring the digestive system back into balance and stop that annoying bloating.
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